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Make a knife template - vector graphic

Discussion in 'Design' started by dancom, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I get lots of people asking how to make a knife template so they can produce a printed copy and then make more durable patterns. I use Adobe Illustrator, but not everyone has this software which is quiet expensive and has a sizable learning curve.

    On the weekend, I did a quick video on how to use OpenOffice Draw (which part of the free office suite) to make a vector graphic of a knife free-hand. Because this method creates a scalable vector graphic, it's easy to resize and tweak. Ok, this is certainly not in depth, but I think it could help some folks when it comes to designing a knife on the computer.



    It's not the best video quality, and I think YouTube did some contrasting effect on it while I wasn't looking, but the concept and steps should come across. I hope that you get the idea.

    Dan
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Great tutorial, Dan.

    For those who don't want or need the whole OpenOffice Suite, InkScape is another open source vector drawing tool. And if you want to create fully dimensioned, 3D templates, my goto tool is Sketchup.
     
  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I am a fan of Sketchup too. What happened to the good old days of buying software? :)
     
  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Adobe happened with it's "Hey, how about you just pay us every year forever" software.
     
  5. Les Tippett

    Les Tippett New Member

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    awesome thanks
    I have just downloaded draftsight and have tried to use inkscape in the past with no luck
    patience issues...lol
     
  6. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    When first starting with a drafting package you can help yourself by first drawing the knife on graph paper.

    Mark out the coordinates on the paper then you use a poly line and the coordinates to draw in cad.

    May be possible in a vector software but I have not tried yet
     

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